Aquarium Snails - Pets or Pests?

There are many different kinds of aquarium snails many of which can be good to have in your tank. Whilst some individuals believe of snails as pests (and some are), others buy them on purpose to maintain in their tanks. Occasionally, when you purchase plants for your aquarium tiny little snails can be hiding in the plants and you might wake up a week or two later and discover your tank to be overrun by snails! Usually, however you can purchase big snails at your pet shop.

There are several types of snails you might consider. Each one looks different and has a various demeanor in the tank.

The Ramshorn snail is thusly named as it's shape looks like a rams horn. They come in black, red and sometimes checked patterns. This snail will dine on your plants and can reproduce quite quickly.

The Trumpet snail is a live bearing snail that eats that meals and other stuff that has fallen into the substrate. They rarely consume plants so this is a great one to have if you have a lot of plants in your aquarium. Usually they hide throughout daylight and come out at night, but you will probably see them hanging out on the glass of your tank just below the water line when you initial get up in the morning. The Trumpet snail can help clean the debris on the bottom of your tank.

The Pond snail is the one that typically hitches a free ride into your tank on aquarium plants. Shaped like a football, they reproduce fairly rapidly and have a veracious appetite for your aquarium plants rapidly devouring them.

The Apple snail is a well-liked aquarium inhabitant and comes in 4 various species. These snails can consume aquarium plants so you will have to be cautious. This snail can live fairly a while and may grow as big as a tennis ball if given fantastic care!

Most aquarium snails will do will in a neighborhood tank. Some consume algae and some consume the debris on the bottom so these snails can be fairly beneficial to the tank. Other species eat aquarium plants, so be sure you know what you are purchasing if you have plants in the tank.

Snails get along great with many types of aquarium fish including Neon Tetras, Guppies, White Cloud Minnows and Danios. Nevertheless, if you discover that some uninvited snails have appeared in your tank, you may attempt introducing a Skink or Clown Loach into the tank as these guys will happily eat all the snails they can find.


Aquarium snails are a great way to add some thing a bit various into your tank, but you should be certain you get snails that are compatible with your fish. When in doubt just ask the clerk at your fish shop and they will be sure to point you in the right direction.